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General Discussion / The Lone Ranger and me.
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:12:40 AM »
Too cool not to share!

Since I was a kid I have always loved anything to do with the Lone Ranger.While looking at the trailer today for the upcoming movie I found out that his real name was Reid  in the original novel,earlier movies added a first name, John. This movie gave him an additional initial "W" same as mine ,but what really freaked me out was that on the back of the badge he wore in honor of his father,another Texas Ranger who is now dead,it is inscribed  JWR the same as my dad who was Joseph.
By coincidence the diorama that I am working on now is an Old West Theme Park.I guess that I had better name it the John W. Reid theme park after my father, me and the Lone Ranger.

Off-Topic Discussion / Diodramas,what are they?
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:38:01 AM »
It is my opinion that with the advent of Sheperd Paine's book, first published in 1980, and  all the other great diorama artwork that has followed,the word "Diorama" as used in the traditional sense has become  inadequate to describe the artwork that is going on today. I prefer to think of them as "Diodramas". Here are a few examples starting with Shep himself...... :)

General Discussion / Saloon names in Leone's movies ?
« on: October 12, 2012, 05:09:04 AM »
I am doing a diorama dedicated to Leone and was wondering if in any of his movies there is mention of a saloon by name.I am building a 1/24 scale model of a saloon and would like to know what to name it ? :)

General Discussion / Wild Bill's Stagecoach
« on: January 27, 2012, 07:40:46 PM »

General Discussion / Backdrops How to..for scale models.
« on: November 13, 2011, 04:46:02 AM »
Building your own facades or backdrops are really easy things to do using materials that are usually available to most of us.They are quite cheap to build and require only hand tools to make.

Glue,cardboard,tongue depressors , coffee stir sticks or small scale scale lumber is all you need.The core could be plywood ,cardboard or foamboard or whatever, as long as it is easy to cut,and does not warp with the use of water based materials like carpenters glue(white or yellow) and acrylic paint.

You will need a flat surface to work on and lots of #11 Xacto blades (changed on a regular basis) and your basic core material to start with.You will want to be able to easily change your design as you go along ,if you wish to.Save all cutouts from doors or windows etc... to use as perfect patches if required.I just usually tape any mistakes over using the patches,because these basic shapes only act as a easily worked flexible core for any brick or wood sheathing.The actual strength will be in the sheathing material you put on or your basic framing.

Before starting I will usually make a small scale complete structure,walls and roof etc ,using cardboard or thick paper.It doesn't have to be to any exact scale as it is only something that is used to stimulate your imagination or work out a final composition.If you want to build it to scale then that is OK too as you then will be able to take direct measurements for the scaled up version.

I will be using lots of pics to illustrate how I do things and as little text as possible ,I find long texts can be boring .

Well here goes ! I hope that you guys enjoy it.The thread will probably end up a little long so please just bypass it if you don't want to read it.Cheers ! John.

General Discussion / How to Photograph Your Models at little cost to you.
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:46:50 AM »
Photography on the cheap.

Lights,Camera,Action !
All of the pics that I have taken over the last five years or so and published in my photobucket ,were taken for the cost of the camera alone and that I got on sale ! The rest is just stuff that I had laying around the house.No expensive tripods,special lighting or other equipment is required.The modern day camera does it all for you,the only thing that you have to do is a simple setup.Put it on "Auto" and off you go ! You can experiment to your hearts content (no more film cost to worry about) If only one pic in fifty turns out so what ! Have fun.

First the camera. I will take a pic of it in the mirror for your info.Point and shot,how simple can it be.Prior to the digital era I knew nothing about cameras and it is still that way today.
All the technical stuff leaves me cold and I haven't even read the manual for the digital I am using now ! (some would say it shows LOL) If I can take reasonable pics anyone can do it.
The only real secret to good pic taking is using your creativity to set the scene up, in other words, arranging the stuff in a nice way (composition).This will come with experience.Just start shooting ! Here's how I do it....

General Discussion / "Once Upon A Time In The Movies"
« on: August 24, 2011, 04:13:32 AM »
An old fashioned Western movie set diorama.

I have slightly changed the storyline of this diorama to better describe to the average viewer what it is about.While it is primarily still in honor of the great director Sergio Leone, the storyline itself has been slightly altered to  about " how movies were made the old fashioned way." O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Getting your stuff in a good museum,How to
« on: August 20, 2011, 04:35:05 PM »
Not everyone's cup of tea I know but a lot of us do have a wish (secret or otherwise ) to see our stuff in a museum of high reputation some day.
Here is how I did it !
Stand by one while I get organized. :)

General Discussion / The Art Of The Storyboard Diorama
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:47:14 AM »
Hi guys! I am working up a rough draft for an online book that I am planning on regarding the art of making storyboard dioramas.The rough outline will be:

Part 1-Early Aviation Storyboard Dioramas.

1-"Keepers Of The Flame 1918-1928".(Jenny Canuck ,1/16th scale)

2-"Some Say ,He Walked Away" (Albatros,1/16th scale)

3-"Out Of The Shadows" (Nieuport 28 1/16th scale)

4-"Loss of Innocence,Will It Ever Be The Same ?" (Backyard Flyer, 1/16th scale)

Part 2-HMS Victory Storyboard Diorama.

"Drumming Daybreak" (H.M.S. Victory, 1/72 scale)

Part 3-Old West Railroad Storyboard Diorama .

"Once Upon A Time" ( Movie Set 1/24 scale)

Cheers! John.

General Discussion / Sergio Leone Movie Set Diorama
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:39:04 AM »
Hi! I am new here.I make museum quality storyboard dioramas in large scale.My  next piece of work will be a tribute to Sergio in static model form.A diorama of a movie set from "Once Upon A Time In The West." Hope you guys like it.Cheers! John.

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